Mid-Season NBA Award Picks: James Harden edges LeBron for MVP. For now.

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  1. J Sizzle

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    Looking forward to Harden coming in 2nd once again
     
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    media conspiracy
     
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    Mid-Season NBA Award Picks: James Harden edges LeBron for MVP. For now.

    Kurt Helin
    NBC Sports•Jan 11, 2018, 11:00 AM
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    We’ve reached that point.

    Nothing is decided yet, this is more like a horse race that is just coming out of the backstretch and starting the sweeping turn towards the finish line — a lot of things can change, and there will be players making late runs at some of these awards.


    MOST VALUABLE PLAYER" data-reactid="38" style="margin-top: 0.8em;">MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

    Kurt Helin: James Harden
    Two players have separated themselves from everyone else in this race for me — James Harden and LeBron James. Right now I’d give Harden the edge. The Rockets’ guard’s insane efficiency — not just scoring, but with more assists, fewer turnovers — gives him a slight edge. That said, durability is part of this award and with Harden likely out for a while with a hamstring issue LeBron could (and likely will) take over the top spot before season’s end. I’d have Giannis Antetokounmpo third and then things open up.

    Dan Feldman: James Harden
    Nobody has ever neared Harden’s combination of usage and efficiency. Like last year, he’s a big-time distributor, but now he has his turnovers under control. His injury absence will hurt his year-end case, making it more likely LeBron James — who’s not far behind — overtakes him. But, so far, Harden is MVP." data-reactid="40" style="margin-top: 0.8em;">Dan Feldman: James Harden
    Nobody has ever neared Harden’s combination of usage and efficiency. Like last year, he’s a big-time distributor, but now he has his turnovers under control. His injury absence will hurt his year-end case, making it more likely LeBron James — who’s not far behind — overtakes him. But, so far, Harden is MVP.

    Dane Carbaugh: James Harden
    I’m not really sure how it can be anyone else. Harden has been magnificent for the Rockets this season as the team has steadily climbed up the ladder in the Western Conference. They look like legitimate contenders this year for a Western Conference Finals run, and Harden has played well both beside Chris Paul and as they take over duties alternating in the rotation for



     
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    Cute.

    "Harden is the MVP at midseason, but *wink wink* don't worry we'll vote for Lebron at year's end."
     
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    *Cut to end of season*

    "While Harden had a firm grip on the award for much of the year, we have to go with Lebron here. Despite Harden averaging more points and assists for a team that won more games in a more difficult conference, we simply cannot deny Lebron doing what he's doing in his 15th season. Lebron is your MVP, and moves one step closer to Michael Jordan's legacy"

    I can see it now...
     
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    don't worry guys, the medias have already found their narrative to not give MVP to Harden this year again..."he misses too many games this season." we'll give the MVP to Lebrick!
     
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    Same story, new scenery.
     
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    And so he should be the MVP favourite
     
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    Get ready for the BAY AREA scribes (Haynes, Amick, Spears etc) to begin their STEPH CURRY MVP push. It is coming.
     
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    Some chumps going to vote for Durant over Lebron or Harden. I already see it.
     
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    Harden gonna win finals mvp...
     
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    the Cavs have had so many straight up embarrassing losses

    losing to the Kings, getting annihilated by the Wolves, and now getting destroyed by Toronto without Lowry or Ibaka among others

    Lebron’s MVP bid should be taking major hits...
     
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    I've been wanting to scale back my whining for Harden and the MVP since the disappointing loss to the Celtics, but Lebron is taking these soul-crushing losses left and right. Harden building his case while on the shelf.

    Harden was MVP at mid-season last year in many eyes too if I remember...
     
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    Many were already saying, "if Westbrook averages a tri-dub". Plus, james' efficiency worsened with his late-season wrist injury.

    Local radio said Harden felt great yesterday after shooting around and almost had to be dragged off the court. If he feels good now, I'd give him two more weeks for return since soft tissue is tender. He's already missed FIVE games and two more weeks would equal 13-15. High-60s total GP for Harden would be sufficient

    Another great thing is Toronto. They passed Cleveland for the #2 seed. If they hold LeBron to 3rd and Rockets stay 2nd (and Harden's production doesn't fall much), his path should be smooth sailing.
     
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    Media has proven that there is no such thing as "smooth sailing" when it comes to Harden's MVP chances. We'll see what narrative gymnastics they come up with come March/April.
     
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    Harden has the best case. Right now I think there are 3 guys you could make a case for -- Harden, LeBron, Curry.
     
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    Right now, Curry hasn't played enough games - only 28 of 42 --- Harden is 35 of 40.

    I believe Harden's previous runner-ups will help him this year. Cleveland having a worse record and lower seed only makes it easier. The worse OKC is, the better, because it makes last year seem even more a screw job. Many will be guilted into shame. Harden just needs 66 GP, 29 PER, and #2 seed, IMO. Sixty-six is normally a low total, but the runner-ups will come into play.

    The sig is truth.
     
  19. Reeko

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    I just saw the latest MVP rankings on NBA.com and they had

    1. KD
    2. Kyrie
    3. Harden
    4. Curry
    5. Derozan
    6. Lebron

    o_O
     
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